Capped Conebill (Conirostrum albifrons)

Order: Passeriformes  | Family: Thraupidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Males \ Loc. Manu Road, Cuzco

Age: Adult | Sex: Male \ Loc. Manu Road, Cuzco

Age: Adult | Sex: Female \ Loc. Eastern Andes, Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Female \ Loc. Ayacucho, Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~13.5 cm (5.2 in). The male Capped Conebill is black with a blue cap. It has dark blue in the shoulder and also on the rump. However, in the field, it looks black. The female is mostly greenish-yellow with a gray hood and bluish cap. It forages in the canopy of humid montane forest often in the company of mixed species flocks. The small size and very active foraging behavior make it easy to recognize, but see Black Flowerpiercer and Gray-hooded Bush-Tanager.

Status: The Capped Conebill is uncommon in montane forests of the east and west (Piura and Cajamarca) slopes of the Andes at elevations ranging between 1500-3000 m. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Pico-de-Cono Coronado.

Sub-species: Capped Conebill (Conirostrum albifrons atrocyaneum), Lafresnaye, 1848.  W Andes of Colombia (Antioquia S on W slope to Nariño) S through Ecuador to N Peru (Piura and Cajamarca).
(Conirostrum albifrons sordidum), Berlepsch, 1901.  Andes of C Peru (from Junín) S to N Bolivia (La Paz).

Meaning of Name: Conirostrum: L. conus= cone and rostrum= bill. albifrons: L. albus= white and frons= frontis, forehead, brow.

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Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 03/01/2016.